45 Facts About Orlando


Orlando is a city in the U S state of Florida and is the county seat of Orange County.

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City of Orlando is nicknamed "the City Beautiful", and its symbol is the Linton E Allen Memorial Fountain, commonly referred to as simply the "Lake Eola fountain" at Lake Eola Park.

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Orlando is home to the University of Central Florida, which is the largest university campus in the United States in terms of enrollment as of 2015.

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In 2010, Orlando was listed as a "Gamma+" level global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

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Fort Gatlin, as the Orlando area was once known, was established at what is just south of the city limits by the 4th U S Artillery under the command of Ltc.

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The most common stories are that the name Orlando originated from the tale of a man who died in 1835 during an attack by Native Americans in the area during the Second Seminole War.

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Orlando'storians agree that likely no soldier was named Orlando Reeves.

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Some versions attempt to account for Reeves having no military records by using the name of other people named Orlando that exist in some written records – Orlando Acosta; however, not much is known about Acosta or whether he even existed.

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The new town of Orlando, laid out in 1857, consisted of four streets surrounding a courthouse square.

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Orlando became a popular resort during the years between the Spanish–American War and World War I In the 1920s, Orlando experienced extensive housing development during the Florida Land Boom, causing land prices to soar.

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In 1968, Orlando AFB was transferred to the United States Navy and became Naval Training Center Orlando.

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NTC Orlando was completely closed by the end of 1999 by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, and converted into the Baldwin Park neighborhood.

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Orlando now has more theme parks and entertainment attractions than anywhere else in the world.

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Geography of Orlando is mostly wetlands, consisting of many lakes and swamps.

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The city and county are working together in an effort to "round-out" the city limits with Orlando annexing portions of land already bordering the city limits.

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Orlando is a major population center and has a considerable hurricane risk, although it is not as high as in South Florida's urban corridor or other coastal regions.

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Orlando has a large and growing Brazilian population, due to Orlando being a popular travel destination for Brazilians.

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Orlando has a large LGBT population and is recognized as one of the most accepting and tolerant cities in the Southeast.

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When Combined Statistical Areas were instituted in 2000, Orlando was initially joined with The Villages, Florida, Micropolitan Statistical Area, to form the Orlando-The Villages, Florida, Combined Statistical Area.

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Metro Orlando is home to the simulation procurement commands for the U S Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

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Orlando is close enough to Patrick Space Force Base, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, and Kennedy Space Center for residents to commute to work from the city's suburbs.

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Orlando is the home base of Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse, and the largest operator of casual dining restaurants in the world by revenue.

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Orlando has two non-profit hospital systems: Orlando Health and AdventHealth.

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One of the main driving forces in Orlando's economy is its tourism industry and the city is one of the leading tourism destinations in the world.

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Universal Orlando, like Walt Disney World, is a multi-faceted resort comprising Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, and Universal CityWalk.

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SeaWorld Orlando is a large park that features numerous zoological displays and marine animals alongside an amusement park with roller coasters like Mako, Manta, and Kraken.

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Orlando is home to I-Drive 360 on International Drive home to The Wheel at ICON Park Orlando, Madame Tussauds, and Sealife Aquarium.

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Orlando is known as "Hollywood East" because of numerous movie studios in the area.

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Orlando is a large production center for television shows, direct-to-video productions, and commercial production.

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Orlando is home to numerous recording studios and producers, and as a result, contributed heavily to the boyband craze of the mid-1990s.

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Orlando has a prominent metal scene, spawning bands such as Death and Trivium.

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Orlando experienced its own Second Summer of Love between 1991 and 1992 that popularized the subculture surrounding electronic dance music in Florida.

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Orlando is the city very prominently featured in the ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat.

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Orlando was home to the Orlando Renegades of the United States Football League in 1985.

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In 2016, the Orlando Pride began to play in the National Women's Soccer League.

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Orlando is the host city for the annual Florida Classic, one of the largest FCS football classics in the nation.

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Orlando is home to many notable athletes former and present, including baseball players Carlos Pena, Frank Viola, Ken Griffey Jr.

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Annual Community Effort Orlando is the second-biggest fighting game tournament of the country.

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Orlando is home to NBC Sports' Golf Channel cable television network.

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Orlando uses the Lynx bus system as well as a downtown bus service called Lymmo.

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Orlando serves as a transfer hub for Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach bus service.

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Orlando Station has the highest Amtrak ridership in the state, with the exception of the Auto Train depot located in nearby Sanford.

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Attempts to establish a smaller light rail service for the Orlando area were considered at one time, but were met with much resistance.

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Orlando is served by a collection of independently owned taxi companies.

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Orlando has service from car-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, which offer service at all airports.

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